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You may not be aware, but the state of Michigan has a whole lot of mysterious missing cases and gruesome murders.  Shel and Alia are here to give you the inside scoop on some of Michigan’s most interesting crimes in their awesome podcast, Crime in the Mitten.  Check out our interview with Shal and Ali as we discuss their lifelong friendship and favorite murder shows!


What inspired you to start your podcast? 

We’re high school best friends, and we would go out for monthly brunches just to catch up. During our September 2019 brunch we were sharing podcast lists. Shel mentioned starting a   podcast, but not wanting to do one alone, then I said I did too. The idea just went on from there. We had our first meeting in October 10th, and by the end of the meeting we had a name, a logo, a start date, and our first two cases to research! 

What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you? 

There wasn’t really anything in our hometown that struck our addiction.  We both just grew up really into all the true crime TV shows. We both watch all the Law & Orders, America’s Most Wanted, Snapped, all the crazy Lifetime movies, and just random serial killer documentaries. We’ve both been addicted since we were kids.

What’s your favorite murder, mystery, or disappearance?

Neither one of us really have a favorite. It’s so hard to choose from so many and feels kind of wrong picking a favorite murderer, lol.

Shel: If I just had to choose, it would be Herb Baumeister. The fact that he was living a second life apart from his wife and kids and no one suspected anything really had me shook.

Alia: My most recent favorite would probably be Christopher Duntsch, the surgeon from Texas who was just purposely messing up all those patients for no reason. He was just ruining these people’s lives and even killed a couple.

What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show! 

Our all time fave podcast and the one we initially bonded over was Crime Junkie. We listen to plenty of others, but that’s one that we would have to say is our favorite, mainly because it’s the one that we both originally knew of and what got us started on our own.

How can our readers find and support you?

Crime in the Mitten is on all streaming platforms. We have all the links to all of our episodes as well as each transcript on our site, There, you can also find the links to all of our social media, as well as our Cash App and Paypal handles if you would like to make any monetary donation. 

Instagram: @crimeinthemitten

Twitter: @crimemitten


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